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Monmouth College forensics team makes history

Monmouth College’s history-making forensics season continued last weekend with two events.

Led by Cole Downey ’17 of Geneva, Ill., and Anthony Adams ’18 of Chicago, the team competed at the Wisconsin-Illinois Lovefest at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday before returning home to host the inaugural Fighting Scot Invitational on Sunday.

Adams and Downey have qualified for the American Forensics Association National Tournament April 1-3 at Bradley University. Monmouth Director of Forensics Rebecca Buel said that “is the most difficult national tournament to qualify for. They are the first to achieve this in Monmouth College history.”

Along with Michael Horath ’18 of Chatham, Ill., Adams and Downey have also qualified for the National Forensics Association National Tournament April 13-17 at UW-Eau Claire.

“The team has been working incredibly hard, with visible results,” said Buel. “As we approach nationals season, I have no doubt they are ready to meet an even bigger challenge.”

At Eau Claire, Downey placed second in prose and third in drama, while Adams was fourth in extemporaneous and fifth in persuasion. Horath added a sixth-place finish in prose.

Also competing were Shoshana McClarence ’17 of New Lenox, Ill., Brittanie Parker ’17 of Washington, Ill., Sarah Hunt ’19 of Pekin, Ill., Will Best ’20 of Monmouth and Maggie Bruckner ’20 of Aurora, Ill.

At the Monmouth event, the team helped facilitate the tournament, and also provided ballots, schedules and trophies.

“Hosting is seen as a service to the forensics community and gives students an opportunity to gain experience in running educational co-curricular events,” said Buel.